“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” (Judges 6:15, NIV)
It’s easy to feel insignificant or lost in this large, ever-changing world. But sometimes, that very insignificance plays a key role in building God’s kingdom.
Gideon was the least in his family, and his clan was the weakest. God had a purpose for this. He wanted the people to realize that God was going to be the deliverer, and not the power and strength of the people themselves.
Jesus used the two fish and five loaves of a young boy to feed 5,000 people (John 6:1–14). Paul said that he would boast of his weaknesses so the power of Christ could rest on him (2 Corinthians 12:9–10). He also said that God chooses the weak things of the world to shame the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27).
Being “weak” makes us the kind of vessel God can use to facilitate the marvelous works he is doing in our world. When we embrace our weakness, we can begin to look beyond ourselves, to the capacity of almighty God.
Our sufficiency comes from God. He made each one of us and has a unique purpose for each individual. He uses all of the circumstances in our lives to accomplish his plans. Nothing is too difficult for him.
Today, ask yourself:
What weaknesses in my life make me feel insignificant or unuseful? How can I bring these to God and let him use my limitations to accomplish his plans and purposes?